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Head of Steam (LLE1)

Core Offer

Portfolio: Leisure and Local Environment Portfolio

This core offer includes services that the council is legally obliged to provide. The link below provides detailed information about what is included.

Link: LLE1 - Head of Steam

 


 

Keywords: voluntary sector VCS

Related FAQs

What will be the impact on voluntary organisations such as Citizen’s Advice, Age UK, GADD? What happens if they close?

What will be the impact on voluntary organisations such as Citizen’s Advice, Age UK, GADD? What happens if they close?

We fully support the work of our voluntary sector partners and hope to continue to work with them in the future. However, the financial situation is such that the Council is not able to continue funding these organisations at current levels. The likely impact of the budget proposals on these organisations is currently being identified, following discussions with the organisations most affected. We hope that they are able to continue their work by looking at where they can make further cost and efficiency savings, but we appreciate that in some cases this may not be possible and it will therefore mean a reduction in the support they can offer to the residents of Darlington.  It could lead to the closure of organisations if they are unable to make the necessary changes for them to be sustainable, which will be very regrettable. We want to avoid this happening and we will support organisations making grant applications where we can. We will also be undertaking work to understand the impact of any reductions in service on individuals accessing them. 

Why don’t you mothball Head of Steam and/or merge it with Locomotion at Shildon (which is free) and use the money to save Crown Street Library?

Why don’t you mothball Head of Steam and/or merge it with Locomotion at Shildon (which is free) and use the money to save Crown Street Library?

If you wish to put this forward as a suggestion it is something that could be considered. However, the Cabinet’s budget proposals reflect a desire to retain Loco No.1 and other key assets that are in the Head of Steam as they are a fundamental part of the town’s heritage. There is the opportunity to use that heritage to be a part of the town’s regeneration and visitor offer as we move toward the 200 years celebration of the Stockton and Darlington Railway in 2025. The saving from closing the museum could be used to retain Crown Street, however further savings would also be required to keep Crown Street open as the cost of the Museum is less than would be required to keep Crown Street open.

Your Say

2 comment(s)

This table lists comments from the public about this proposal

Comment

Core LLE1 (Head of Steam)

Even in times of funding difficulties , we should never forget the important part that Darlington played in the birth of the railways. It was the railway network that opened up the world, and it started in Darlington.In 2025 the world will be watching our town when we celebrate 200 years of the opening of the Stockton & Darlington railway. How can we be involved in this important occasion without Locomotion No 1, and the museum that it is housed in. Heritage of any kind is only on loan, to be passed on to each generation in the future. Darlingtons heritage is world famous, to be proud of and not to be forgotten. Perhaps our museum could be run in a different way using volunteers?, with sponsorship or used for more events. Once a town forgets its past it has no future.

Core LLE1 (Head of Steam)

This is a transcription of a comment made during the public meetings held during the budget consultation:

Q: I hear you saying the Head of Steam should be kept because it’s history but at the same time you are saying you want to get rid of the library and the indoor market. Either you want your history or you don’t.

Coun Wallis - If you go to many towns buildings that once performed one function are performing another because time moves on and services change. Crown St is grade 2 listed and will remain